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Get Ready to Play Games at Work

Welcome to the world of “gamification”

There is a lot that business can learn from the gaming industry and the floodgates are about to open. Make sure you watch this amazing trend!

Being an avid gamer myself, I’m very excited about how gaming is moving from play into work.  This fall, Cisco took our worldwide sales conference from an event where we used to fly 20,000 people into Vegas to hosting it online.  This virtual environment was a great place for us to use video, web sharing, badges and quizzes to inspire, collaborate and teach.

In this video, I join Stanford University communications professor Byron Reeves and Mary Jo Kim, CEO of “Shufflebrain”, to discuss this exciting new world of gaming.  Here is the video.

“Mixing work and play”

I also want to share this week’s Wall Street Journal piece about “mixing work and play.”  Can you really play on the job?  The article describes what is happening in some large companies like IBM and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Many of the same motivations and tactics used in your kid’s Xbox game are being used in management training, data entry and just plain old brainstorming.  Show up for a meeting on time or complete an assignment?  You get a badge.

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A Tribute to Steve Jobs: Connecting People Using Technology

October 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm PST

The world has lost a great leader and icon of the Silicon Valley and computer era. Some might even call him a marketing genius. There is no doubt that the recent passing of Steve Jobs has sent waves of emotion throughout the Silicon Valley and the world. Even though I didn’t know Steve Jobs personally, I still felt a great sense of loss considering just how much he has changed and influenced the technology age by taking innovative risks and ultimately changing the way the world communicates (Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc.) consumes music (iPod, iTunes, etc.), enabling us all to connect with each other. The simplicity and ease of use of Apple’s products speak for themselves. (I can say that confidently as I type this blog post on my Mac :-))

I was in NYC on business when I heard the news (through Twitter first). It felt strange to not be in the valley with the rest of my technology peers experiencing the sadness of the loss together. After all, I had just visited the Apple campus a day earlier and received a tour from a friend who works there. So I did the next best thing… I headed down to the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue (which is open 24 hours btw!) where I found myself surrounded by hundreds of New Yorkers who also wanted to honor the legacy of Steve Jobs.

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Cisco & Intermec Simply Scan-To-Connect in about 4 minutes!

October 7, 2011 at 7:25 am PST

We often talk about business issues, customer care-abouts, productivity savings and the like on this channel, and sometimes philanthropy or esoterics, but mostly if you’re an engineer you have to deal with the technology, the installation, the support, and all the other stuff in terms of where the-rubber-hits-the-road.

In this video Hank Stephens, Product Manager at Cisco Preferred Solution Partner Intermec, talks about how easy it is to put Cisco and Intermec into the warehouse.

When we post videos, we know people lose interest if they’re more than five minutes, so I’m glad it takes less than that to connect the gear up. A couple of cheats help of course -- like switching the radios on in the Cisco gear (they are shipped switched off for security reasons), and it helps to have a pre-charged battery available for the Intermec CK3. But then the video wouldn’t have made it onto the channel! We have quite a few customers with this kind of Warehouse technology.

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Thank You Steve Jobs

The world lost an incredible man on Wednesday. With Steve Jobs’ passing, everyone is reflecting on the impact he had. His life, his vision, his passion and his creations touched everyone, everywhere. As President Obama said in a statement, “There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.

This is a good time to reflect on how Steve’s work has impacted our work here at Cisco.  Steve spearheaded innovation in so many ways – and his success largely resulted from his strong focus on user experience. Clearly, he wanted to create amazing, innovative products, but at the end of the day his goal was to make them easy-to-use so that everyone would feel like they could take part.  From elementary school students to grandparents and everyone in-between, the world is now connecting, learning and embracing technology more.  He has fundamentally changed the way that products are designed and has taught us by example about what it means to put the consumer first.

As we work every day, we must pay homage to the man that paved the way for new media and communication experiences for the masses. We all have something we can learn from him.  Thank you Steve.

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How Service Providers Enable the Connected Life

More than ever, access to local telecommunications network infrastructure has become an important part of the way many of us live, work, play and learn — throughout our daily routines. Some of us take it for granted – we expect that the network will simply be there, when and where we need it.

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Without fail, it’s assumed to be omnipresent in our lives. By and large, that objective is purposefully reached, around the world. Truly, that’s an amazing accomplishment.

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